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Preview: Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace

20 October 2017

Having got off the mark in the Premier League last weekend, Palace head to Tyneside on Saturday to take on Newcastle United, buoyed after their win against Chelsea.

Despite the victory against the Blues failing to lift the Eagles off the foot of the table, they will be eyeing another three points to cut the gap between themselves and Stoke City, who sit just outside the relegation zone with a five-point cushion.

However, Palace haven't enjoyed a good record against the Magpies in recent years, having beaten them just twice in their last 14 meetings. Their last victory at St James' Park came back in March 1998 - one of only two wins at the venue.

Toon enjoying top-flight return

Newcastle come into this game having lost just once in their last five matches, recovering from a slow start to climb into the top half of the table, with 11 points gained from their opening eight matches.

Despite minimal investment in the transfer window, the majority of the squad that lifted the Championship last term have continued to make St James' Park a difficult place to visit, with only Tottenham Hotspur in the opening game beating the black and whites on their own patch.

The goals are being shared around the team too, and with Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez netting in the 2-2 draw at Southampton last Sunday, it means that eight different players have got on the scoresheet already this term for Rafael Benitez's men.

View from the opposition

Rafael Benitez's quotes from Friday's pre-match press conference ahead of the match this weekend:

"Crystal Palace create chances & have been unlucky with results. It will be a difficult game - we have to try & put pressure on them.

"We have a good team with young players and can improve. We are close to the top but also the bottom".

Team news

Former Eagle Dwight Gayle misses out on a reunion with his former side after he picked up a calf injury late in Magpies' game at Southampton last week, while Massaido Haidara and Paul Dummet are out.

Having missed out on the Chelsea victory after sustaining a calf injury on international duty, Wayne Hennessey is fit again and could return in goal, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is available after being unable to play last week against his parent club.

Hodgson has confirmed that Christian Benteke is on track to return not long after the next international break, meaning that he and Connor Wickham remain out of contention.

Matchday officials

Stuart Attwell oversees just his fourth Premier League game of the season on Saturday, but he has already officiated at St James' Park this term as Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners against Stoke City in September.

He has taken charge of just one top-flight game involving the Eagles, but that was their 5-1 thrashing of the Magpies in November 2015.

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Refs: Simon Long and Andy Garratt
Fourth Official: Mike Dean

Pre-match stats

Since the start of last season, no Crystal Palace player has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than Wilfried Zaha (eight goals, nine assists). 

Newcastle have scored in 11 of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, with the exception being a goalless draw at St James' Park in April 2005. 

The Eagles have won only one of their last 12 league visits to St James' Park (2-1 in March 1998), failing to score in eight of those games (W1 D3 L8). 

The Magpies have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games on home soil (W5 D3 L1), losing to Spurs earlier this season. 

Roy Hodgson has won four of his nine Premier League meetings with Newcastle (D2 L3).

Ticket and Travel Information

Tickets for this game are sold out.

Coaches will depart Selhurst Park at 5.30am, priced at £30 per seat.

Coach travel can be booked online, by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

Bag Searches 

Newcastle Utd accept small bags and if supporters are taking them, we advise them to arrive early to allow time for additional searches/security checks.

Unfortunately, they are unable to accept luggage (larger backpacks,suitcases etc.) and cannot store items at the stadium.

More generally, large amounts of food cannot be taken in and bottles and cans are prohibited.

Live coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Saturday.

Check out where you can watch the match at St James' Park around the world. 

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Match Reports

Report: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

21 October 2017

A Mikel Merino header five minutes from time proved to be crucial as Palace fell to an undeserved defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

A quiet encounter looked set to be heading for a goalless conclusion until the Spanish midfielder netted his first goal in English football by converting a corner, and cruelly denying the Eagles what would have been a well-deserved and hard-earned point.

Boosted by their win against Chelsea a week ago, Palace looked the better team during an edgy first-half, which saw little goalmouth action, although like against Blues the unorthodox strike partnership of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend’s pace caused the home defence problems throughout the opening 45 minutes.

However shots at goal were few and far between early on, with the first attempt seeing Zaha passing tamely at Rob Elliot from a tight angle on 23 minutes, but then not long after Jeffrey Schlupp miscued and Matt Richie saw a goalbound effort crucially strike Mamadou Sakho and deflect wide as the game began to bubble.

Things then boiled over when a strong challenge from Yohan Cabaye on DeAndre Yedlin saw a number of players from both sides get involved in some argy-bargy, for which the Frenchman was booked, but that helped bring the game to life and United went close to breaking the deadlock when Christian Atsu shrugged off Joel Ward and got into the box before blasting into the side-netting.

It was then rippled at the other end when Townsend and Zaha combined to give the latter a sniff of goal as he peeled away at the back post but headed wide of the mark, however Hodgson would have been pleased with what he saw from his side as they made their way back to the changing room at the break.

Once again, there was a lack of action straight after kick-off as conditions worsened and the rain fell, but despite being jeered on his first return to St James’ Park since his departure to Palace Townsend continued to look dangerous and bent a shot over Elliot’ crossbar just after the hour mark.

The visitors had quietened the 52,000 in attendance but as the half progressed Newcastle began to create more chances and Julian Speroni was called into action twice within 60 seconds when he dived to catch a curling Mohamed Diame shot, and then fisted away a fizzing Jonjo Shelvey piledriver which swerved through the air in the blustery conditions.

The game remained on a knife-edge and Palace nearly snatched the opener with 10 minutes remaining when Schlupp slipped in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and he sent a cross-shot towards the back post that looked set to be converted by Patrick van Aanholt, but the Dutchman failed to make contact by the length of a stud.

And that miss proved costly as five minutes later, the Magpies took the lead. Richie fired a corner into the box which was raced onto by substitute Merino, and he got up above James McArthur to head past Speroni and ensure the Eagles returned to south London without the point they deserved.

Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Richie, Hayden (Merino 56), Shelvey, Atsu, Perez (Diame 65), Joselu (Mitrovic 78). Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Murphy.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Sako 87), Cabaye, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha (Loftus-Cheek 77). Subs not used: Hennessey, Riedewald, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Puncheon.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Newcastle Sold Out

10 October 2017

Tickets for Palace's away trip to Newcastle United on Saturday 21st October, kick-off 3.00pm, are now sold out.

Coach Travel.

Coaches will depart Selhurst Park at 5.30am and the ticket is priced at £30 per seat.

Coach travel can be booked online, by calling the ticket line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

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